Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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Reviews by thecheapies:
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Green bottle with a best before date of February 24th, 2012.
Poured into my Radeberger Pilsner glass of 0.2 L capacity.
a: One the pour, the bubbles rush upward and compact nicely to crown the beer. Nice fluffy two-and-a-half finger head that is clumping as it recedes. On Perfect clear golden color with several carbonation streams rising from the bottom center of the glass.
s: Husky grains and perhaps some light-induced skunk? I've heard this beer is pasteurized, so it may be a gustatory illusion. This is still decently fresh despite the bottle color. You never know with these things, I guess. Clean, bitter grassy hops on top of a crisp, dry pale malt essence. Grainy and slightly vegetal in aroma, but all in all, a nice smelling pilsner.
t/m: Crisp flavors of crackery grain husks, distinct hop presence without too much bitterness (very characteristic of the noble hops used--Saaz). Slight wet nickel flavor in there somewhere. Rather dusty dry and deliciously refreshing finish. Great body for a pilsner--light-medium body, leaning toward medium. High carbonation rushes through this brew lending a refreshing brushy bite and swallow. Very high drinkablility. Don't mind pulling one of these out on a cold winter's night such as this one.
o: One of my favorite pilsners, hands down. Not a particular complex or snazzy style, but one that is full of underachieved swill. Not Urquell. Highly recommended. A great standby beer; forever to replace the desire to have some cheap adjunct lager. Hard to believe that this one's the same price as Stella Artois or Heineken, but people go after one of those instead.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2012 01:47:33 | More by thecheapies
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3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. I've had this one from the bottle and have not been impressed in the slightest, but I've gotten a huge contrast between bottle and tap on another similar-style beer, Bitburger, so I had to see if the tap would again vindicate the beer. Served in a classic 16 oz pilsner glass with a flared contour.
Appearance - A brassy golden body is pretty much the defining feature of this beer. The slight, one-finger head of stark white fades away immediately--it's gone before they can even bring it to my seat at the bar from the tap two feet away. No lacing whatsoever. The body does have some tracers in it, reminiscent of how it looks when you pour oil into water. So far, not particularly impressed, but I'm a huge fan of big rocky heads and messy lacing.
Smell - Strong notes of grain and cracker, with some fainter, but present characteristic of grass and even a slight hint of lemon zest. but make no mistake, the grain is the star of this beer. Interestingly enough, the bottle version is also malt-dominant, but it's not pleasant in the slightest. It tastes off and muddled--you don't get a clear sense of the grain characteristics like you do on tap.
Taste - This is where the beer shines the most. A great, well-defined biscuit and whole-grain cracker element is at the forefront, with some notes of fresh corn tortilla coming through in subsequent drinks of the beer. As with the smell, there is an herbal, grassy bitterness present, and here it is a bit more present than the smell. Provides just enough counterpoint to the grain dominance that it doesn't feel one-note.
Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean, with just enough carbonation to provide some bite to the feel on my tongue. Light bodied and easy drinking.
Overall, a great take on the style and one that again is night and day between the bottle and tap versions. It's amazing how much cleaner and more distinct the flavor profiles are on the tapped version versus the bottle. I've seriously opened bottles of this that I couldn't finish. That was far from the case with the taste of it on tap.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2014 22:50:43 | More by LambicPentameter
3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
a-honey golden in colour
s-slightly sweet, hints of a non-citrus hop
t-bitterness and body come through, strong flavour for a 4.4 abv beer
m-thick body for a pilsner and only lightly carbonated
o-the original pilsner, benchmark for all other pilsners
Serving type: can
02-27-2014 00:19:59 | More by h20mbh
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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